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Beach Fitness Bliss: The Best Outfits for Sand and Surf Workouts

Published June 17, 2024

BEACH FITNESS: THE BEST OUTFITS FOR SAND AND SURF WORKOUTS

BEACH FITNESS: THE BEST OUTFITS FOR SAND AND SUN WORKOUTS

What does a perfect day at the beach look like for you? While some people like to read or soak in the sun, one of the best ways to make the most of your beach day is with a rejuvenating workout.

But before you hit the sand running, you need the right outfit too. The best beach workout attire is versatile, supportive, and elevated.

THE KEYS TO AN EPIC BEACH WORKOUT

The beach offers a stunning and motivating workout venue that no gym or home studio can.

Whether you’re walking, running, swimming, playing beach volleyball, or practicing a yoga flow on your beach towel, the soft sand and rolling waves will put you at ease while you push yourself to the max.

But beach workouts aren’t just picturesque—they may actually be better for you; several studies have found that beach running has unique benefits as opposed to running on grass or pavement. Beach running:

  • Challenges you to work harder due to extra resistance, improving your physical performance.

  • Protects your joints and prevents impact injuries and muscle damage.

  • Strengthens stabilizer muscles in your feet and ankles that don’t get as much attention.

FULL BODY BEACH WORKOUT: UPPER BODY AND CORE FOCUS

Warm-Up

Beach Jog and Arm Circles: Start with a 5-minute jog along the shore. Halfway through, add arm circles to warm up your upper body.

Core and Upper Body Circuit (Perform 3 Rounds)

Plank Waves: Rock forward and back on your toes in a plank position for 30 seconds. This exercise targets the core and shoulders.

Beach Push-Ups: Perform 12-15 push-ups with your hands placed in the sand to challenge stability and engage the chest, shoulders, and core.

Russian Twists: Sit on the sand with knees bent and feet flat. Lean back slightly and twist your torso from side to side, touching the sand beside you. Do this for 30 seconds to engage and strengthen the obliques.

Inchworms on the Beach: From standing, hinge at the hips to touch the sand, walk hands out to plank, do one push-up, walk hands back, and stand up. Complete 5 repetitions per round, emphasising shoulder stability and core engagement.

LOWER BODY-FOCUSED BEACH WORKOUT

Tone and strengthen your lower body with exercises specifically designed for the beach setting, where the sand adds natural resistance to every movement, making your workout more challenging and effective.

Sand-Resistant Leg Burner

High-Intensity Lower Body Drills: Execute each movement for about 30 seconds for as many rounds as makes sense for your fitness level:

Lunges with a Twist: Start in a standing position, step forward into a lunge and twist your torso towards the leg that's in front. Alternate legs with each lunge. This not only works your glutes and legs but also engages your core.

Squat Position Holds and Pulses: Hold a squat position for 30 seconds, engaging your core and lower body. Follow with 15 seconds of small squat pulses to intensify the burn and strengthen the glutes and thighs.

Agility Drills: Finish with quick, high-knee runs and butt kicks in place for 30 seconds each to maximise the engagement of your stabiliser muscles and improve your explosive power.

These routines leverage the unique setting of the beach to provide a vigorous workout while enhancing your enjoyment of being outdoors.

No matter what activity you choose, your workout outfit needs to protect you from the elements while maximising your performance potential.

PROPER FOOTWEAR

When you picture a day at the beach, you probably imagine sinking your bare toes into the sand.

While this is the peak of relaxation, bare feet, or even open-toed shoes, aren’t the best choices for beach workouts.

Proper footwear will prevent burns from hot sand and protect your feet from sharp objects like seashells or sticks that may be scattered along the beach. It’ll also protect your muscles and joints as they get used to walking and running on a softer surface.

SUN AND HEAT PROTECTION

Sunburns and dehydration can put a damper on any beach day, but especially a beach workout.

To protect yourself from harmful UV rays, consider wearing:

  • Sun visors or hats, like our Immersion Cap.

  • Sunglasses with UV protection.

  • Waterproof sunscreen (at least SPF 30).

Make sure to also bring plenty of water and nutritious snacks to replenish your body after your workout. Understanding the importance of hydration is crucial, especially during intense beach workouts where the sun and exertion increase your fluid loss. A Stanley Cup is the perfect accessory to keep your water cold for hours.

FOR BEACH WORKOUTS THAT LOOK GOOD AND FEEL GOOD, CHOOSE P.E NATION

The best beach fits are lightweight, protective, and effortlessly adaptable for both land and sea.

Luckily, P.E Nation has the beach-friendly activewear you need to work hard and rest easy from sunrise to sunset. Browse our collection for bodysuits, sports bras, and bike shorts that are perfect for both indoor and outdoor workouts.

For more ways to stay fit and dress well for other outdoor activities, read our guides on the best hiking outfits, running outfits, and tennis outfits today.

 

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OUTDOOR WORKOUTS: THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISING IN NATURE

Did you know that if you take your workout alfresco, you could actually see even greater health benefits?

Implementing daily physical activity into your routine is already crucial to building and maintaining a healthy body and mind, but when you add the great outdoors, you might find you can push yourself even further and experience even more than you would inside the four walls of any gym.

Intrigued? We thought so. Let’s take a look at four key benefits of outdoor exercise.